Race Day Playlist: Columbus Marathon

For the Columbus Marathon, I am wearing an iPod Shuffle, which I plan to actually shuffle, so the order of these rad tunes doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that every song was chosen with care, some of them with special people in mind. It really helps for me to connect with my people during a marathon because they remind me of why I’m able to run in the first place.

I only have 3 hours and 40 minutes of music here, so I’ll need the Shuffle to recycle the tunes for an extra half hour or so. I’m confident the music will keep flowing, and I won’t lose my mind in the process. If I do lose my mind, the music won’t matter anyway.

  1. Dixieland Delight, Alabama  (for my mama, who’s been cheering for me since day one)
  2. Fake ID — Big & Rich
  3. More Than a Feeling — Boston
  4. Crazy Bitch — Buckcherry
  5. Fighter — Christina Aguilera
  6. Born to Run — Bruce Springsteen (for Douglas, who has always believed)
  7. Survivor — Destiny’s Child
  8. Counting Stars — OneRepublic
  9. Latch (feat. Sam Smith) — Disclosure
  10. Turn Down For What — DJ Snake & Lil Jon (for Owen, who never fails to make me laugh)
  11. Sing — Ed Sheeran
  12. Burn — Ellie Goulding
  13. ‘Till I Collapse — Eminem
  14. Work B**ch — Britney Spears (for my loyal-as-f*ck girlfriend, Shannon)  
  15. Basket Case — Green Day
  16. Womanizer — Britney Spears
  17. When I Come Around — Green Day
  18. Welcome to the Jungle — Guns N’ Roses
  19. Tick Tick Boom — The Hives
  20. I Love It (feat. Charli XCX) — Icona Pop
  21. Bang Bang — J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
  22. History of Rap (feat. Justin Timberlake) — Jimmy Fallon (for Maggie)
  23. Peacock — Katy Perry
  24. Come With Me Now — KONGOS
  25. Defying Gravity — Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel (for Mackenzie, who defies gravity every single day)
  26. No Mercy — L.A. Guns
  27. Applause — Lady Gaga
  28. Daylight — Maroon 5
  29. Don’t — Ed Sheeran
  30. All About That Bass — Meghan Trainor
  31. Enter Sandman — Metallica
  32. Somethin’ Bad (with Carrie Underwood) — Miranda Lambert
  33. Classic — MKTO
  34. I Melt with You — Modern English
  35. Kickstart My Heart — Mötley Crüe
  36. Smells Like Teen Spirit — Nirvana
  37. Tennessee Bound — Old Crow Medicine Show (for Xavi, my little ball of energy )
  38. Lucky Strike — Maroon 5
  39. Love Runs Out — OneRepublic
  40. Titanium — David Guetta (for Jen, who’s bulletproof)
  41. Lose Yourself — Eminem
  42. Ain’t It Fun — Paramore
  43. Gone, Gone, Gone — Phillip Phillips
  44. Black Betty — Ram Jam
  45. Remember the Name — Styles of Beyond, Fort Minor
  46. Shake It Off — Taylor Swift  (for Max, who shake-shake-shakes)
  47. Africa — Toto
  48. Blister In the Sun — Violent Femmes
  49. Here I Go Again — Whitesnake (for Kate, just because)
  50. Come As You Are — Nirvana
  51. Maps — Maroon 5

Wish me luck, Angels! It’s been three years since I’ve run a full marathon, and while I’m an expert at planning, we all know the marathon can take before it gives. Here’s hoping that my random-ass music mix can keep me distracted and focused, all at the same time. — Amie

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